Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Temptation Tuesday - Wish List
Today PHS editor Donna Alward joins us with a dream wishlist - a travel list of places she'd love to see!
My mum was visiting this weekend and asking about Christmas etc. and what I would like for gifts. It was a silly sort of conversation and I jokingly said that travel vouchers are always welcome. But it really would be a dream gift. One of my biggest desires is to travel. I haven't done a huge amount of it, and now that I'm writing I seem to have gorgeous, evocative settings plaguing me from every direction. Let's pack, hop on a plane and just GO.
Of course my critique partner, Michelle Styles, doesn't help. Last year she went to Malta and her pictures inspired a whole section of The Rancher's Runaway Princess. This year she went to Sorrento. I had to content myself to living vicariously while she sent me pictures and accounts like this one:
Sorrento was magical. We had rooms overlooking the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. The weather was around 25C and mostly sunny. There were several spectacular lightening storms at night.
I did miss you. You would adore Sorrento.
She really knows how to get a girl where it hurts, doesn't she?
She also posted about travel wish lists and it made me think about it even more. If I could where would I go? And why?
In no particular order, some of my top places I'd like to visit:
An English tour. I whet my appetite when I visited London last year and merely made a tiny scratch in the surface. And the more authors I "meet" the more I long to see their section of the world. I'd love to take the family and start in London. Travel to Norwich and see Kate Hardy. Lincolnshire to Kate Walker. Northumberland to see Michelle. The midlands and Nell Dixon, the Lake District and Anna Louise Lucia, Yorkshire and Jessica Hart, and Wales and Liz Fielding. Look out, ladies! All that stands between you and crazy Canadian houseguests is one kick butt royalty cheque! LOL I'd also like to spend some time in the Salisbury area and down to Dover as I'd love to see the castle and also the tunnels from WW II.
Ireland. Trish, you didn't seriously I'd leave out you and Sean did you? Ruins and stone circles and fabulous friends...not sure life could get any better.
Normandy. I have a real thing for WW II and I would love to go to Juno Beach and the Canadian centre there commemorating the D-Day landings. I can't imagine going to France without heading to Paris for a weekend of decadence. And to Versailles.
Italy. Just about any part, I think, though Rome, Venice, and a Tuscan tour would be top of the list. I did some research on Siena once that made me want to go there so badly I could taste it. Capri. Naples and the Amalfi coast. Sigh, sigh, sigh. I want to rent a villa and just soak it up.
Salamanca. I will confess to being a Rick Steves Travels in Europe junkie. Even my girls - young as they are - ask me to tape it and we make an event of watching it and having a virtual vacation. We saw the program on Madrid and Salamanca and what struck all of us was the vividness of everything. White buildings, heartbreaking blue sky, gorgeous gardens.
I know there are scads of other places. I'd like to take a trip to St. Lucia, and I'd like to do an Alaskan cruise. Will I ever make it to any, not to mention all of these places?
Who knows? But a girl can dream...
What places are on YOUR wishlist?
Donna's current work-in-progress is set in her fictional town of Larch Valley. The first book set in her western Canadian town, The Rancher's Runaway Princess, is a January release. That means in one short week it will be available on eharlequin.com! Who needs to travel to find romantic settings anyway? Romantic Times called the Alberta setting of Prairie Rose Ranch and Larch Valley, "gorgeous".